Do you have patients who scuba dive, ride horses or shoot archery? Discover the companies that supply protective eyewear for these niche activities and secure more of a following. 

Nearly every sport demands eyewear that offers visual comfort, protection and enhanced performance. Activities such as shooting, ice fishing, skydiving and rock climbing require sport-specific gear, and eyewear is no exception. If your practice isn’t familiar with the needs of these more unusual sports, there’s no better time than the present to start carrying some of these lines.


Whether shooting archery for fun or in competition, Pilla Performance Eyewear features Zeiss VIVX lenses for unsurpassed clarity with over a 120Ëš field of view. Lens treatments include tints for enhanced definition, high contrast and background neutralization. The Pilla Panther X2 No Post VIVX is a plano lens model, while the Panther X2 Post Frame accepts an Rx insert. Pilla eyewear performs equally well in trap/skeet shooting.

The grandfather of shooting eyewear, Decot Hy-Wyd Sport Glasses, offers a tremendous selection and caters to the Rxable crowd. The Decot HY WYD series features large lenses for a good panoramic view and four interchangeable lens packages that cover a variety of shooting environments. Wearers can choose from up to 50 color tints that include red, bronze/brown and yellow tones.


Water sports have expanded to the winter, and ice fishing has become more popular. Oakley’s Prizm Shallow Water Polarized lenses boost green and copper hues to make it easier to see hiding spots; the lenses keep whites bright so the flash of fish and flies can be spotted on the surface. They also help detect the shadows of fish. Another choice is Rudy Project’s Rydon Flex with Polar 3FX gray lenses. The frame comes with wrap lenses and moldable temples to fit comfortably under a hat or hooded winter coat.

Good vision underwater is essential in reading gauges while scuba diving. Hilco’s adult xRx and kids (xRx Junior) diving masks fit the bill with a variety of spherical lens powers. For more complicated Rx’s, Hilco offers an Rx insert.


Protection is critical to the eye in a high-speed freefall when parachuting. Kroop’s Boogie goggles and equally popular 13-Five goggles effectively wrap around the face and are secured with a comfortable elastic band. The Arch goggle features a patent-pending soft elastomer frame that provides a comfortable, cool and dry fit on most face sizes and shapes. The lenses are easily interchangeable and come in a variety of colors and features for varying terrain and conditions. All are 100% UV blocking, impact resistant and are available in vented or non-vented lenses. Tinted lens choices include yellow, smoked and a reduced glare light blue mirror.

When rock climbing, a foreign body in the eye could spell disaster. The Wiley X Climate Control Series includes a snap-in insert that effectively blocks wind and debris. Frame styles such as the WX Knife, WX Boss and Airrage have wide stylish temples that act as side shields for additional protection.


For equestrian events when horses and their jockeys are racing and dirt is being kicked up, Kroop’s Arch goggles are extremely effective at blocking debris and wind. Another great option exists with Pilla Performance Eyewear’s National and Renegade models, which feature a wrap design with Zeiss VIVX lenses to enhance vision, amplify color and boost contrast. These sports sunglasses stay put when the horse and its rider are jumping over a variety of course obstacles.

Decot Hy-Wyd Sports Glasses
800.528.1901 •

Hilco 800.955.6544 •

Kroop’s Brands LLC 704.635.7963

Oakley, Inc. 800.733.6255 •

Pilla Performance Eyewear 203- 894-3265

Rudy Project North America 888.860.7597 • • Sara Riding

Wiley X, Inc. 800.776.7842 •

Richard W. McCoy, LDO, ABOC, NCLC, is an opticianry instructor at Hillsborough Community College in Fort Myers, FL.


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